The Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) is a fast, agile, mission-focused platform designed to operate in near-shore settings. The LCS is capable of supporting maritime security, sea control, and deterrence. Moreover, the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) is a class of Small Surface Combatants armed with capabilities focused on defeating global challenges in the littorals.
In addition, LCS is designed to provide joint force access in the littorals. Ships in this class can operate independently or in high-threat environments as part of a networked battle force that includes larger, multi-mission surface combatants.